Mountain Bikes

Biking at altitude 3200 meters (10,500 feet), in thin air, with the landscape’s dramatic contours, is a challenge for most riders.  Yet we recommend a few downhill bike rides.

We have been encouraging our local Community to start a Mountain Biking business, similar to how we gave a no interest loan to help start-up Horseback Riding Trips.  At this point you CAN rent mountain bikes in Chugchilan or bring your own bike with you.   Biking at altitude 3200 meters (10,500 feet), in thin air, with the landscape’s dramatic contours, is a challenge for most riders.  Yet we recommend a few downhill bike rides.

1. Chugchilán to Sigchos, 24 km, mostly downhill, newly paved.  You can take the daily bus from Sigchos back to Chugchilán with the bikes on the roof.  Great views as the road winds along the canyon edge and visit a waterfall 6 km away.

2. Laguna Quilotoa to Chugchilán, now only 16 km with the new paved road, is a steep fast downhill ride.  Catch a bus up to the volcanic crater of Quilotoa, spend some time hiking around the rim or hike down to the water’s edge.  When you’ve seen enough of the lake, get on your bike and race back to Chugchilán.   You can detour and take a section of the old dirt road back too.

3. For uphill rides at this altitude you should be in good physical shape.  One fantastic uphill ride is to take the dirt roads up to Chinalo-Alto and the Cheese Factory, riding across the Paramó.  On this ride, you can easily include a visit to the Incan ruins and Cloud Forest.  Another challenging ride is to bike from Black Sheep Inn down into the canyon and up to Guantualo (there is a large bridge now). Also there are old dirts roads you can follow through the Sihui Canyon and up to Quilotoa at over 3800 meters.

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Frisbee Golf

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Relaxing Massage

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Yoga

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Sauna and Hot Tub

Some people say that the Finnish sauna is for cleaning the body, and the Native American sweat dome for ritualistic purification. 

Local Markets

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Mountain Bikes

Biking at altitude 3200 meters (10,500 feet), in thin air, with the landscape’s dramatic contours, is a challenge for most riders.  Yet we recommend a few downhill bike rides.
Horseback Riding Quilotoa

Horseback Riding

You can walk or gallop across the high paramó, descend steeply into the canyon, or take a relaxing ride out onto the plateau.

Guantualo Market and Isinlivi

Alive with vibrant colors and bustling activity, immerses visitors in the rich tapestry of Ecuadorian culture, offering a sensory feast of sights, sounds, and flavors.

Iliniza Cloud Forest

In the heart of Ecuador’s Andean region, the Iliniza Cloud Forest blankets the landscape with a lush tapestry of biodiversity, shrouded in mist and mystery.

Ridge Hike

Black Sheep Inn is located part way up a mountain ridge.  Hiking up to the top of the ridge above the inn takes about 25 minutes. 

Canyon Plateau

The Canyon Plateau stands as a majestic expanse of sculpted rock and winding rivers, a testament to the relentless forces of erosion over millennia.
Views of Toachi river canyon

Rio Toachi Canyon

A rugged testament to nature’s artistry, carves its serpentine path through Ecuador’s verdant landscape, offering adventurers a thrilling journey into its depths.
Quilotoa Lagoon Ecuador Trekking

Quilotoa Lagoon

Carved out by a powerful volcanic eruption over 800 years ago, this azure jewel cradled within the crater’s embrace captivates all who behold its beauty.